Despite the attention that’s been paid to apparent Russian interference with the 2016 presidential vote, U.S. elections are still vulnerable to foreign interference, warns a new report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. The report comes as Twitter on Wednesday more than doubled the number of users it says interacted with Kremlin-tied accounts during last year’s election, from about 678,000 to approximately 1.4 million. “There is every reason to believe that the experience of 2016 will be repeated in elections to come,” the Campaign Legal Center warns. “The desire for foreign actors to influence or disrupt U.S. elections is not going away. The question now is what we are going to do to stop them.”
The report recommends some ways to answer that question, including:
… Having Congress give states resources and guidelines to keep voting machines and other election infrastructure secure against hackers, and make sure voting machines generate clear paper trails documenting votes. So far, the White House hasn’t taken action and “could have actually increased security risks with its plan to build a national voter database with millions of voters’ personally identifying information,” the group says.